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committee. with in the program, and there is a case manager network that is a partnership with other providers. good in recognizing the care was one priority, we targeted five agencies and six programs that made of the network. that looks like inner-city youth, ymca programs, as well as the case management program. i would like to invite a program director as well as the director of justice program to answer any questions or provide expansion
on any requests. >> my name is denise coleman, and i am from clark, and thank you for giving me this opportunity to present before you today. some of you i know, and some of you i do not. i wanted to start off by giving you an idea of and why it was created. there was nothing at the front end of the system to intervene in a young person's life, so
what we do is we provide interventions of the point of our rest, so when the kid is arrested -- the point of arrest, so when the kid is arrested, we do an intervention, and through the assessment determine a case plan, and through that we will follow of to help about a young person may better decisions for themselves region to help the young person make better decisions for themselves, to do whatever needs to be done with respect to getting them back in school, going through expulsion hearings, so we go through those processes with them.
the other purpose is to keep them from getting our arrested again. all of its is to get them in a place where they will not be a friend, make better decisions, and, for some goals for them in their lives the reagan we have quite our collaboration on site to secure a good -- on site. and we found it necessary to bring contractors on site so we can have a seamless transition for young people we need to refer to these agencies. there will not be any issue making sure there is a connection and those referrals will be made.
we have a close relationship which the police department. we have developed the dark forms for the police, because they were concerned the of people would not be held accountable for the offenses they committed, so we developed a feedback form that shows of what the consequences are for the young people so if they have any questions they can contact us and get those questions answered directly by the case manager as to what is going on with that young person. we deal with young people but are only san francisco residence, 11 to 17. we deal with misdemeanors as well as felonies. get all of the kids have to have been a restaurant with a criminal charge in order for them to come into our center.
we deal closely with sros. we have very close relationships with sros, and we would contact them and what we know and -- let em know when we have heard of different situations that are coming out. 90% of kids have school issues, whether they need help with graves, attendance, behavior, getting back on track. some of them are failing and need assistance, and that is the ideal relationship of having it so close to us we are making a seamless transition for the services the on person needs. we have a very comprehensive data system.
one of only you need data systems in san francisco, we have been tracking all young people arrested in the city since 1998. goowe started tracking school address about eight years ago, and in the tracking of those we broke it down to where kids have been a resident of school for offenses committed at school and for kids who have been arrested for those that have not happened at school, so we have a very comprehensive data base that needs a lot of work. it is slowly but surely it falling apart before our eyes, but it does do what it is supposed to do. it creates reports for us that gives us all this information.
we have worked with them from the beginning. we are part of the planning process. we continue to serve on their committee, so the young people come by way of clark, and we have our probation officer run of record to make sure there are no outstanding warrants or anything else going on with a young person, and if there are, we allow them to have a transition so the school is a priority, and we deal with the criminal aspect of our words, -- afterwards, and one of the great things we are looking forward to doing is we feel our program isn' very much akin to restorative justice because it is family-oriented. everything we do involves the
parents, they care giver, or whoever is in charge of that young person, and one of the things we are very interested in doing is getting a model for restorative justice as a consequence, especially for younger kids, 11, 12, 13-year- old having more misdemeanor offenses and helping them understand how these kinds of crimes are affecting not just them but other people associated with that, so we are hoping to be able to get funding to do a counseling conference alma mate, and it is a unique idea. we would like to bring it to san francisco, and i would love to have gavin give a little more
information. he is very passionate, so do not get offended when he starts speaking. he is loud and very passionate. give me a piece of what happens. >> i am gavin o'neill. i am the program director. it is a complicated program. there is a lot of neat stuff. if there is anybody that would like to see it, i will show you the program. we are proud of the creative relationship that was able to develop, so when a young person comes in, the consequences are restorative. the consequence that would be to
go to court or picking up trash on the side of the road, are consequences are too aggressively help youth get their life together, so we come up with creative consequences for the kids to get involve in based on their interests and strengths, so that is how they get an up and out of the juvenile justice system but gain something out of that experience that continues after their association. people come from all over the world to see the program. there is nothing like this that exists anywhere else in the country. it is very unique to san francisco. we can all be very proud of its. come by if you want to know more. >> i want to interject how cost-
effective it is. when you look at what it costs to run a juvenile probation program and what it costs to run a referral system the deals exclusively with all misdemeanors in san francisco, those went to a juvenile probation about five years ago no longer go to a juvenile probation. it is a very cost-effective program. it is something we should be extremely proud of and keep it moving. but i think it is kind of important, and i hate that we are rushing through it. and we will talk to supervisor
campos, who is a share. -- chair. thank you. fax thank you for calling this hearing the reagan really quickly, and we are a truancy intervention program. and we function as a drop-off center, where young people who are identified by the police department can be brought into our facility. we provide case management services, information and referrals, parents and workshops, and we also function in offering a number of outreach opportunities and we do
collectively as a team. you have a black packet has the marketing material. i know there were some questions about what takes place on the left side of the tamil. -- panel. it walks you through what takes place. and we are serving students citywide. r log on -- our largest population is african-american and latino students from the bayview hunters point and mission district's. we work collectively with the school district. they worked really well on site at the office. when students are brought in, but as far as day-to-day
operations, we all work with each other, even though we are three separate entities. we are getting attendance records. the school district is part of the counseling conferences we are having, so we all work together to support these young people speaking to the achievement gap issue and really speaking more to the schools and hoping they will no longer be truant. i want to mention young people are reporting a number of reasons why they are not going to school. there are number of factors. some young people expressed they could not travel from one part of the city to another. many of our young people who come through our doors are already behind significantly at least one semester, so they need
the opportunities to recover that credit, and they do not know how to do that, which leads them to disengage during your we are working with young people, and ensuring they are working with someone from our team until they can get to a place where they can attend school on a regular basis. good i would love to come back to answer any further questions you may have. >> i have had very good not -- i have heard very good things about the work you do. are there additional speakers? >> i see that claudia anderson from the school district is here. and we also have a police officer here, and if they wanted
to add anything to this conversation, i wanted to invite them back as well. >> thank you for attending the hearing. good >> i really do not want to take much time, but i really wanted to be here to voice my support and appreciation for the partnership we have. when denise was speaking, i was thinking about a first job i had with the school district networking waveith expel middle school students. students would talk with great pride about where did you put me, and it was horrifying, because that is the beginning of talking about a pipeline, and they have cut that off.
we are not going to treat you that way. we are going to take a look at what is going on in your life, and we are going to take you on a different path. they have extended the work we are able to do, and the fact that we have a counseling center in the same building on a day to day basis with each other, we meet through the truancy reduction initiatives. give we meet on a monthly basis and talk about things. there is a lot more work to do, so we would love to come back and express a little more about the continuing ongoing needs about this collaborative. thank you.
>> i am very interested in some of the data you have. when students are arrested, or are they taken directly? i would like to see the number of students arrested at school grounds. that was very interesting to me to find out, so i would love to have you find out here reagan -- to have you find out. i would love to have you come to a meeting where i am chair so we can talk about these meetings. we are up for a renewal, so i think having the facts would be interesting as we cross the new info you with the police department. goowe have restorative to practe
from the policy which we are hoping to transform the way we disciplined students. >> the info your-- the mou from the police department is coming to this committee, so it would be good to have a slower conversation with more information sharing, and the next meeting will be a discussion of our understanding with the san francisco unified school district, which has been a document for us to have for many reasons, and i know the police chief has been working with this committee, and i am very glad he has been out on the agenda -- he has put that on the agenda. >> is there any public comment on this time to? seeing none, public comment is